Monday, October 3, 2022

Awkward US tries a July 4 parade shooter

The parade in Highland Park started around 10am, but was abruptly stopped 10 minutes later after shots were fired. Hundreds of parade attendees – some visibly bloodied – fled the parade route, leaving chairs, prams and blankets behind. Authorities have asked residents to take refuge while searching for the suspect.

“On a day when we gathered to celebrate community and freedom, we rather mourn the tragic loss of life and struggle with the terror that has been brought upon us,” said Nancy Rotering, Mayor of Highland Park.

News of another mass shooting came as the nation tried to find reason to celebrate its founding and the ties that still hold it together. It was supposed to be a day to take off work, stream to parades, devour sausage sandwiches and burgers at backyard barbecues, and gather under a canopy of stars and explode fireworks.

“The Fourth of July is a holy day in our country – it is a time to celebrate the goodness of our nation, the only nation on earth that is based on an idea: that all people are created equal,” said President Joe Biden tweeted earlier Monday. “Make no mistake, our best days are yet to come.”

These are troubling times: an economic recession is brewing, and the Highland Park shooting will weigh on a national psyche already mourning mass shootings such as those recently seen at a Texas elementary school and a supermarket in New York.

Sharp social and political divisions have also been exposed by recent Supreme Court rulings that have overturned the constitutional right to abortion and broken a New York law restricting who may carry a gun in public.

“Independence Day does not feel like a big celebration when our basic rights to life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness are on the cutting edge,” tweeted New York Attorney General Tish James, a Democrat. “Today I encourage you to imagine what this nation can be if and when we live up to our values.”

However, many had reason to gather and celebrate for the first time in three years amid the relief of coronavirus precautions.

Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating competition has returned to its traditional location in Brooklyn’s Coney Island neighborhood after two years elsewhere thanks to the pandemic.

“It’s great to be back here,” Joey “Jaws” Chestnut told ESPN after winning the men’s competition by hitting 63 hot dogs and sandwiches – even while hitting a protester who hurried on stage for a moment in a stranglehold. Miki Sudo won 40 francs to win the women’s event.

Colorful exhibits were scheduled to illuminate the night sky from New York to Seattle to Chicago to Dallas. However, others, especially in drought-stricken and wildfire-prone regions of the West, will give up.

Fireworks were the suspected cause of a fire in Centerville, Utah, which led to the evacuation of dozens of homes and the cancellation of some of its Independence Day events, officials said.

It was another case in Phoenix, which again went without fireworks – not because of the pandemic or fire concerns, but supply chain issues.

In emotional ceremonies across the country, some will swear oaths of citizenship, qualifying them to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

During a ceremony for naturalized citizens at Mount Vernon, the Virginia House of George Washington, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told 52 people originally from 42 different countries that they needed a strong workforce. build.

“Immigrants are strengthening our workforce and helping in the process drive the resilience and vitality of our economy,” Yellen said in comments prepared for Monday’s event.

For many, July 4 was also an opportunity to push aside political differences and celebrate unity, to reflect on the revolution that gave rise to history’s long-lived democracy.

“There’s always something to divide or unite us,” said Eli Merritt, a political historian at Vanderbilt University whose forthcoming book traces the troubled foundations of the United States.

But he sees the January 6 hearings that examined last year’s storm of the US Capitol as a reason for hope, an opportunity to rally behind democratic institutions. Although not all Americans or their elected representatives agree with the committee’s work, Merritt is encouraged by the fact that it is at least somewhat ambiguous.

“Moral courage as a locus for Americans to place hope, the willingness to stand up for what is right and true despite negative consequences for yourself,” he said. “It is an essential glue of constitutional democracy.”

Calvan reports from New York, and Foody from Chicago. Associated Press reporters Michael Tarm and Roger Schneider in Highland Park, Illinois, Fatima Hussein in Washington, Stephen Groves in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Amy Beth Hanson in Helena, Montana, and Jennifer Peltz in New York contributed to this story.

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